Date of Award
Master of Sacred Theology (STM)
Scripture References in this Resource
Matthew 18:3; Romans 8:26; Revelation 3:20; Proverbs 16:9; Psalm 37:3-5
It is a commonplace among many Lutheran theologians that Philip Melanchthon was a synergist. The purpose of this study is to evaluate this theological judgment on the basis of Melanchthon’s Loci of 1521, 1535, 1543, 1555, and 1559. The conclusion of this study is that Melanchthon's writings do not support the charge of synergism which has been directed against him. It is not the intention of the author to ascribe malevolence or lack of scholarly integrity to those who have described Melanchthon's position as synergistic. There are reasons for the historical judgment that Melanchthon was "the father of synergism in the Lutheran Church."
Osslund, Richard, "Melanchthon's Understanding of the Will in the Loci Communes" (1984). Master of Sacred Theology Thesis. 24.
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